John Kelly Biography

Biography by Published on Updated on 04 Dec, 2017
Facts of John Kelly
Date of Birth: 1950 , May-11
Age: 68 years old
Birth Nation: United States of America
Name John Kelly
Birth Name John Francis Kelly
Nationality American
Birth Place/City Boston
Ethnicity White
Working For White House Chief of Staff for U.S
Net Worth $ 4 million
Married Yes
Married to Karen Hernest (m. 1976)
Children Robert Michael Kelly
Education National War College (1994–1995), Georgetown University (1984), University of Massachusetts Boston (1976)
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Synopsis

John Francis Kelly is the present White House Chief of Staff for U.S. President Donald Trump. Previously, he worked as the U.S. Secretary of Home Security in the same administration.

Early life and education

Kelly was born on 11 May 1950, in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A. He was born in an Irish Catholic family and was raised in the Brighton. Before he was sixteen, Kelly hitchhiked to Washington state and took the trains back from Seattle to Chicago.

After graduating from the University of Massachusetts Boston in 1976, Kelly attended Georgetown University in 1984, graduating with Master of Arts degree in National Security Affairs. Later he graduated from the National Defense University in Washington, DC with Master of Science in Strategic Studies.

Kelly is White in ethnicity and holds American nationality.

Career

Currently, John Kelly serves as White House Chief of Staff for U.S. President Donald Trump. Previously, he served as U.S. Secretary of Homeland Securities in the same administration.

Military Career

John Kelly joined the second Marine Division where he worked as a rifle platoon and weapon platoon commander, assistant operation officer, company executive officer, and rifle company commander.

In 1987, he moved to the Basic School in Quantico, Virginia and began his work as the head of the Offensive Tactics Section, Tactics Group, and later took the responsibilities of the Director of the Infantry Officer Course.

After three years of teaching young officers, Kelly enrolled into the Marine Corps Command and Staff College and the School for Advanced Warfare. Both of the school are located in Quantico.

In 1999, he was shifted to joint duty and worked as the special assistant to the Supreme Allied Commander Europe in Belguim. In 2001, he returned to the United States and was appointed to a third tour duty at Camp Lejeune.

In 2002, Kelly again worked with the 1st Marine Corps colonel in an active combat zone. The following year in April, he took the command of the newly formed Task Force Tripoli and headed it north from Baghdad int Samarra and Tikrit.

In Jan 2007, he was nominated as major general, and on 11 September 2007, it was confirmed by U.S. Senate.

As the major general, Kelly's next task came in July 2007, as a commanding general, I Marine Expeditionary Force. On 9th Feb 2008, he was the command of the Multi-National Force-West in Iraq, replacing Major General Walter E. Gaskin. In Feb 2009, Kelly returned to the United States, after a year in Iraq.

Secretary of Homeland Security

On 7th December 2016, Donald Trump nominated John Kelly to lead the Department of Homeland Security.  On 20 Jan 2017, Kelly was appointed as Secretary of Homeland Security by the United States Senate.

In April 2017, in a speech at George Washington University, Kelly said,

If lawmakes do not like the laws they've passed and we are charged to enforce, then they should have the courage and skill to change the laws. Otherwise they should shut up and support the men and women on the front lines.

White House Chief of Staff

On 28 July 2017, Donald Trump, assigned John Kelly to the post of White House of Staff, replacing Reince Priebus. On 31 July 2017, Kelly took the post, after a chaotic internal power struggle between him and Priebus.

In October 2017, Congresswoman Frederica Wilson criticized Trump for his phone call to the widow of a slain U.S. soldier, saying his remarks had been insensitive. After few days, Kelly had a press briefing where he defended Trump's call, saying Trump ''expressed his condolences in the best way he could.''

Personal life

John Kelly is a married man. He married Karen Hernest in 1976. They have three children; two sons, Robert Kelly, John Jr. Kelly, and a daughter, Kathleen Kelly.

Kelly's youngest son, Robert Kelly, was killed at the time of patrol in Sangin, Afghanistan. He was forwarding the platoon and stepped on a hidden land mine.

Net worth

John Kelly, White House Chief of Staff,  has a total net worth of $ 4 million.

He also made $550,298, as General Manager of Legal Solutions at BOTTOMLINE TECHNOLOGIES INC where his salary was $275,000, with a bonus $17,500, $6,338 from other compensations and $251,460 was awarded as stock by the company. He also receives a good amount of money from pension.

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